Technical Keyboard

4.2
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About this app

The NextApp Technical Keyboard is a derivative of the AOSP keyboard, with added arrow keys and other special keys, and a slightly tweaked QWERTY layout that is closer to that of a PC Keyboard. There are multiple themes to choose from.

A "precision feedback" feature increases feedback vibration when your presses are not near the center of the keys. When autocorrection is applied, a double-pulse feedback is rendered.

This is a BETA RELEASE of this app. If you experience issues with it, please report them to android@nextapp.com. It's extremely difficult to have a conversation using the Play Store review system.

This version comes with English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Spanish dictionaries.

I would greatly appreciate feedback on the keyboard layouts, including the arrangement of special keys on the alphabet keyboard, symbols keyboard, and function keyboards.

Function Keyboard

This keyboard includes a function key ("Fn") toward its lower left corner which can be used to access many additional keys typically found on a PC or Mac keyboard, including:

• Cursor Arrow Keys
• Page Up / Page Down
• Insert, Delete, Home, and End.
• Function F1-F12.
• Ctrl and Alt
• Tab
• Escape

The fundamental QWERTY keyboard layout has been very slightly tweaked to more closely replicate that of a PC keyboard. Specifically, the size of the left shift key has been reduced such that the third row (ZXCVBNM) is no longer overly shifted to the right. The shift key is now a standard sized key. This modification only applies to phones (the AOSP keyboard already uses this layout for tablets).

Permissions

This keyboard is based on the AOSP keyboard from Android KitKat 4.4. It uses identical permissions to that keyboard. The "read contacts" permission is used to autocomplete names from your contacts. This keyboard DOES NOT send any data to anyone.

Thank you for helping beta test this keyboard!
Updated on
Aug 30, 2017

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4.2
2.76K reviews
A Google user
October 5, 2018
I use NextApp to replace the Samsung keyboard on my S8 plus. With every other app, NextApp works just fine. But when I use Firefox Mobile in combo with NextApp, the backspace key is virtually useless. I have to make corrections using back arrows and the forward-delete key, or else highlight the block of text to remove and forward-delete that way. Backspacing through one or more characters will often cause an entire string of characters to duplicate. It's not uncommon to correct a word and then have multiple parts of the word appear out of nowhere. Hoping someone else has an idea of how to fix this!
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Dee C
May 25, 2022
Great editing options! Has spell suggestion & voice to text. Easy to read keypad. The editing shortcuts are super functional for working inside documents. PgUp, PgDn, Home, End, Navigation arrows but they seem to work differently depending upon what application I'm using. The navigation arrows work fine but Home, End, PgUp, PgDn vary. Toggle to switch off vibrate, & resizing options would be a plus. I'm using it on LG Fiesta with Android OS 7.0
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Asad Hashmi
May 21, 2022
Out of all the various touchscreen keyboards I've tried, this one is the best when it comes to direct typing without any kind of autocorrect. It took a bit of getting used to it, but now I can match the ease and speed of typing on a physical PC keyboard (almost. Somewhat. A little bit at least). It has an extremely useful undo button, the cut and copy paste buttons, the arrow navigation buttons, and much more, all laid out in a way that utilizes the touchscreen instead of being hampered by it.
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What's new

All features are now free, including themes and precision vibration feedback. No beta expiration.
Long pressing space now sends tab character (may be disabled via settings).
Option to always use "PC Layout" in landscape orientation.